Dropped pills - page 5
by mandaaRN 17,831 Views | 47 Comments
So last night when I was giving my patient her meds in the med cup of course, she dropped them on the floor. It was her synthroid and oxycodone. I told her I would get new pills for her but she insisted on taking them and even... Read More
- 0Oct 5, '12 by darrellQuote from mandaaRNIt is one line in the progress note. And it is her right to to take her pills however she chooses. If you had interfered, you would have something to agonize over....So last night when I was giving my patient her meds in the med cup of course, she dropped them on the floor. It was her synthroid and oxycodone. I told her I would get new pills for her but she insisted on taking them and even got down on her hands and knees to find the two pills. :/
- 3Oct 5, '12 by Esme12 Senior ModeratorQuote from woohYou are too funny.....but I gotta tell ya if my dog was at work I would not let her lick the floor....I love my dog too much than to allow her to be around that filth.My dog spit out his lasix onto the floor. I gave it to him again. Bassets can't get mouth MRSA can they? Perhaps some studies were done with the chihuahuas earlier in the thread?
At home however.....we call her Hoover.
- 2Oct 5, '12 by RNsRWeY'know, I've never had a patient who wanted a pill that was dropped on the floor, but HAVE had ones that dropped a pill into the bedding. So there we go, searching through sheets and blankets and gown. Upon finding said pill, no matter where in the bed they found it, they always popped it back into their mouths.
Never occurred to me to write "pt dropped pill into bedding. Search by this nurse and patient revealed pill wedged under left thigh. This nurse retrieved said pill, patient then placed pill in his mouth and swallowed."
Frankly, considering some of the stuff I've found in patients' bedding, cracks and crevices, THAT would strike me as worse than the original scenario. :-P
- 2Oct 10, '12 by BrandonLPNQuote from woohUntil there's evidence based best practice, we'll never really know....My dog spit out his lasix onto the floor. I gave it to him again. Bassets can't get mouth MRSA can they? Perhaps some studies were done with the chihuahuas earlier in the thread?
- 1Oct 11, '12 by PediLove2147Patients usually drop them on the bedding but occasionally the floor. I always offer to grab another and they usually agree but if they wanted to take it I would let them and there would be no documention of it.
Now if it's a narcotic, I am on my hands and knees searching for that tiny pill. The other night, another nurse and I were searching a patient's room for an oxycodone. OMG, that was awful. We ended up finding in the closet, underneath the radiator. It was white and looked Oxycodone-ish, I was not looking anymore!
(We need the pill in hand in order to waste, if not it's an incident report)